cover image In a Garden

In a Garden

Tim McCanna, illus. by Aimée Sicuro. S&S/Wiseman, $17.99 (48p) ISBN 978-1-5344

“In a garden/ full of green/ many moments/ go unseen.” McCanna’s adroit rhyming celebration of a year in a garden conjures invisible dramas, from a single seed nestled beside a millipede sprouting into “newborn flowers” to the many creatures who live in the plants: “Earwigs scuttle./ Beetles scurry./ Roly-polies/ scoot and worry.” (Insect-loving readers will appreciate McCanna’s focus on arthropods alongside the flowers.) Sicuro’s painterly illustrations chronicle the seasons’ shift from the barely green branches of spring to the swirls of winter snow, and offer another subtle indication of the passage of time—a figure is shown pregnant, then with a baby. The vibrant panorama of reaching branches, unfurling leaves, bright blooms, helpful creatures, and growing children populate every page, conjured to life by Sicuro’s expressive brushstrokes. Supplemental material explains how gardens grow. Ages 4–8. [em](Feb.) [/em]